If you’ve been out in the sun and gotten a sunburn, you may be looking for relief. Some people swear by aloe vera as a natural remedy for sunburn. But does it work? Aloe vera is definitely soothing on irritated skin, but its healing properties are still being studied. Let’s learn more about why aloe vera is a popular natural remedy for sunburn.
Is Aloe Vera Found in Australia?
The plant is native to Africa but has been introduced to other parts of the world, including Australia. Aloe vera is grown commercially in many parts of the country, in the Adelaide region, and it is also present in some areas in the wild. Aloe vera plants are widely available, very simple to grow, and have a wide range of potential applications.
Healing Properties of Aloe Vera
Many people are familiar with the healing properties of aloe vera but might need to learn how it can be used. Here are some interesting facts about aloe vera.
- Aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. The ancient Egyptians called it the ‘plant of immortality,’ which was used to treat various ailments, from skin irritations to constipation.
- It is a succulent plant that stores water in its leaves. It grows in tropical and subtropical climates around the world.
- The aloe vera gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the innermost part of the aloe vera plant leaf. This gel has a multitude of uses, both internally and externally.
- It is composed of 96% water, 4% polysaccharides, and less than 3% of proteins, lipids, and minerals.
- Most people can safely use aloe vera gel. However, you should always perform a patch test to confirm you are not allergic.
What are Sunburns?
When exposed to the sun, your skin might become red and uncomfortable. It is called a sunburn, which happens when your skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. They can also come from man-made sources like tanning beds and welding torches.
Sunburns can range from mild to severe, and they can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Sunburns can also lead to more severe health problems like skin cancer.
Types of Sunburn
Sunburn is a temporary type of skin damage resulting from the body’s inflammatory response marked by redness, swelling, and a stinging sensitivity to touch. The skin may peel or blister from sunburns, but some might be so painful and severe, they require you to stay indoors until symptoms subside. Knowing the severity of the burns can help you determine which course of treatment should be taken.
It is the mildest form of sunburn. The skin will be red and slightly warm to the touch, but there will be no blistering. This type of sunburn is treatable at home with over-the-counter (OTC) medications and home remedies.
More severe than first degree, and will cause blistering on the skin. The skin will be red, painful, and hot to the touch. This type of sunburn should be treated by a dermatologist or healthcare professional.
A severe form of sunburn. The skin will be red, blistered, and extremely painful. This type of sunburn can cause permanent damage to the skin and should be treated by a healthcare professional immediately.
Aloe Vera as Treatment for Sunburn
The aloe vera plant contains a gel-like substance that can be applied to the skin to help soothe and heal burnt skin. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, making it an effective treatment for sunburns. It can also accelerate the healing process by promoting the production of new skin cells.
To treat sunburn, use aloe vera, cut off a piece of the plant and apply the gel directly to the damaged region. You can also find aloe vera products in stores that can be applied to the skin. Be sure to read the labels carefully to ensure the product is safe for your skin type.
Ways to Treat Sunburn with Aloe Vera
- Apply the gel directly to the affected area.
- Mix the gel with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply it to the skin.
- Add the gel to a bathtub of cool water and soak for 20 minutes.
- Make a compress by soaking a clean cloth in aloe vera gel and applying it to the sunburned area.
If you have severe sunburn, it is essential to seek medical attention. Aloe vera can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of a sunburn, but it cannot replace professional medical care. If you have any concerns about sunburn, please consult a healthcare professional.
Can Aloe Vera Reduce Redness Overnight?
Aloe vera has been shown to be effective in reducing redness and inflammation in various studies. One study showed that a topical aloe vera gel effectively reduced redness and inflammation after UV exposure. Another study showed that aloe vera extract effectively reduced erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) in participants with radiation-induced dermatitis.
While aloe vera may help alleviate soreness and discomfort, it is important to remember that it is not a cure for these conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms for a prolonged time, best to see a doctor or medical professional to determine the cause and to receive proper treatment.
How Many Times Should I Put Aloe Vera on My Skin?
Generally speaking, it is recommended that you apply aloe vera to your sunburn several times a day for the first few days after getting burned. This will help soothe the affected area and speed up skin repair. After a few days, you can reduce the frequency of applications as your sunburn starts to heal.
Is Aloe Vera Expensive in Australia?
The cost of aloe vera products is relatively inexpensive in Australia and Adelaide CBD. You can find them at most pharmacies and supermarkets. However, if you want the best quality product, you may need to look for a specialist retailer. Aloe vera products vary in price depending on the product type and brand. For example, a simple aloe vera gel may only cost a few dollars, while a more complex product containing aloe vera and other ingredients could cost much more.
There are many benefits to using aloe vera products, so it is worth considering investing in a good quality product. Aloe vera effectively treats various skin conditions, including burns, eczema, and psoriasis.
When is Sunburn a Medical Emergency?
There are certain cases when sunburn can become an emergency. If you see someone suffering from the following symptoms, call the local emergency number and provide first aid if you are a qualified Adelaide first aider. Signs to look out for in severe cases of sunburn are:
- Blistering of the skin
- Severe pain
- Redness that covers a large area of the body
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
How to Grow Aloe Vera?
Plant your aloe vera in a small pot with soil similar to cactus. During the warmer months, place aloe vera indoors in an area with bright indirect light.
Aloe vera is a powerful plant that has been used for centuries to treat various skin conditions. Recent studies have shown that aloe vera can help relieve sunburn pain and redness by reducing inflammation and stimulating collagen production to speed up the healing process.
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